We find Japan to be a nice place to shop, not that we shop that much when we go there. We love the products and excellent services they offer and their sales people are just some of the nicest ones in the world! They smile, they bow to you, they thank you and they also carry the bags up to the door and open the for you. And more bowing. I really want to pack them and bring these people here. We could use more nicer people in this country. So lovely!
Japan has many large department stores around, smaller shops that offer various goods and Shopping Arcades that also seem to be wonderful places to go to. In Kyoto, we found these two Shopping Arcades when we walked from Daimaru to Takashimaya to find a place for lunch.
These are the Teramachi and Shin Kyogoku Shopping Arcades. They are covered pedestrian streets located next to each other with shops selling just about everything and restaurants of all kind. We found some temples there too.